February 17, 2021

Pastor: David Range

Dear friends,
 
Remember there are two ways you can watch our services. One is on youtube.com by typing in the search bar: Miramar UMC and then you should see the service live streamed. If you subscribe to our service through youtube.com you can set up reminders for the day before or 15 minutes before, whatever you like.
 
We will, of course, keep the Twitter service the same as we have been doing since March. We are thankful for our   www.MiramarUMC.org website. Pass around the information so that others may join in worship by clicking on the Twitter bird icon on the home page. We will continue our 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services (except when we have a fifth Sunday of the month 10:00 a.m. service.)  Please email your prayer requests for uplifting on Sunday by sending them to miramarpastor@gmail.com. It is best if you send them by Saturday night by 8:00 p.m. if possible.
 
Remember Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom so children from both services can take part. You may contact Marvia Aitken at marviaaitken@hotmail.com for the link. Our prayer meeting is online on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and you may contact Marvia Aitken or Vinessa Edwards mamaness@bellsouth.net for the link.
 
Thanks to those who have signed on to e-giving. Special blessings on you who have dropped by for a short visit, keeping social distance, or to drop off your gift in person or to pick up the Upper Room daily devotional guide. This week, Monday through Thursday there will be someone in the church office, either Beth or Donna, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day, and other times by appointment. Please remember to enter from the south entrance near the Pastor’s office. No other doors will be open for church business. The preschool is open but you should still come in by the south entrance because the north entrance from the parking lot has been sanitized and must be kept clean for the little children of the preschool. Please let friends with preschool aged children know that they can enroll the children in our preschool.
 
Looking forward to worshiping with you through the Holy Spirit. 
Grace and peace, Pastor David (online while in hospital and while recovering from surgery) and Pastor CJ 

 
Miramar United Methodist Church
a place for gathering, healing, and sending out friends, helping to create a sense of family to find new life in Christ, part of the United Methodist family where we make disciples for the transformation of the world.
Order of Worship
Ash Wednesday Service

February 17, 2021
 7:30 p.m. 

 

Prepare for Worship
Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on us. As we enter this season of reflection and repentance, cleanse us, heal us, lift us, and direct us only toward your will. In moments of joy and in moments of sorrow, in moments of peace and in moments of war, in moments of abundance and in our moments of need, abide with us, abide with us. Abide with us. Amen.

Call to Worship
The day of the Lord is coming! The day of the Lord is near!
The time is fulfilled: The reign of God is at hand!
O people, repent! Believe in the gospel!
Come, let us turn and follow the Lord!

Hymn 269  Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days
1 Lord, who throughout these forty days
For us didst fast and pray,
Teach us with thee to mourn our sins,
And close by thee to stay.

2 As thou with Satan didst contend,
And didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight,
In thee to conquer sin.

3 As thou didst hunger bear, and thirst,
So teach us, gracious Lord,
To die to self, and chiefly live
By thy most holy word.

4 And through these days of penitence,
And through thy passion-tide,
Yea, evermore, in life and death,
Jesus, with us abide.

5 Abide with us that so, this life
Of suffering over past,
An Easter of unending joy
We may attain at last!
WORDS: Claudia F. Hernaman, 1873 MUSIC: USA Folk melody; arr. by Annabel Morris Buchanan, 1938; harm. by Charles H. Webb, 1988 ccli #242496

Opening Prayer
Faithful God of life and of all the living, we give you thanks that you have not called us to walk the road to the cross alone.

Thank you that you are there with us, and that we have these friends who journey by our sides. Bless our time together in worship, so that we may draw strength from you, be encouraged by your Holy Spirit to go on, and never lose sight of your Son Jesus Christ, our brother and our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Lesson:  Joel 2.12-13 NiRV

Children’s Time                         

Hymn 402 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian
1 Lord, I want to be a Christian
in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.

2 Lord, I want to be more loving
in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.

3 Lord, I want to be more holy
in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart.

4 Lord, I want to be like Jesus 
in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.
WORDS: Afro-American spiritual MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. And arr. by William Farley Smith, 1986 ccli #242496

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 6.16-21 NLT

Reflection: Yet Even Now

Hymn 417 O For a Heart to Praise My God
1 O for a heart to praise my God,
a heart from sin set free;
a heart that always feels thy blood
so freely shed for me.

2 A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
my great Redeemer's throne,
where only Christ is heard to speak,
where Jesus reigns alone.

3 A humble, lowly, contrite heart,
believing, true, and clean,
which neither life nor death can part
from Christ who dwells within.

4 A heart in every thought renewed,
and full of love divine,
perfect and right and pure and good,
a copy, Lord, of thine.

5 Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart;
come quickly from above;
write thy new name upon my heart,
thy new, best name of Love.
WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1742 MUSIC: Thomas Haweis, 1792

Invitation to the Observance of a Holy Lent
Beloved, we embark upon the march toward Easter with the sign of ashes. This ancient sign reminds us that we are flesh, that we sin, and that we fail to lean on God and instead lean on our own understanding. As we begin the journey, join me in spending the next forty days by examining yourself and by re-energizing any part of your faith walk that has become dull or lifeless. Examine your work for the Kingdom of God; examine your goals, your interests, your hopes, your relationships, your finances, and your health, all of which are part of your stewardship contract with God. Observe a holy Lent season through self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of justice and works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word.

Prayer of ConfessionPsalm 51 (UMH 785)
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions. 

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   and cleanse me from my sin. 
For I know my transgressions,
   and my sin is ever before me. 

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned,
   and done that which is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
   and blameless in your judgement. 
Behold, I was born into iniquity,
   and I have been sinful since my mother conceived me. 

6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward being;
   therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 

8 Make me hear with joy and gladness;
   let the bones which you have broken rejoice. 
Hide your face from my sins,
   and blot out all my iniquities. 

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right spirit within me. 
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
   and take not your holy Spirit from me. 

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
   and sustain in me a willing spirit. 
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners will return to you. 

14 Deliver me from death, O God, God of my salvation,
   and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 
15 O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth shall show forth your praise. 

16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;
   were I to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased. 
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; 
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, 
world without end. Amen, Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Ashes
Loving God, you create us from the dust of the earth; may  ashes be for us a sign of our penitence and our mortality, and a reminder that only by the cross do we receive eternal life in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Sign of Ashes:
    Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.  
                                     --Genesis 3.19, NRSV

Assurance of God’s Mercy
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. He will feed his flock like a shepherd and gather the lambs in his arms.   —based on Isaiah 40:11; 53:4-5

May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit, give us contrite hearts. May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree, heal us by his wounds. May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak words of pardon and peace.

The Peace Paul Experiences: 2 Corinthians 5.20-6.10

Offering, Doxology, Dedication
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; 
praise him, all creatures here below; 
praise him above, ye heavenly host; 
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Holy God, as we start the journey of Lent give us a will of repentance, a mind of sacrificial love, and a heart of gratitude. Indeed, you are “gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love…” We offer our gifts and our whole selves, asking that you might strengthen us for the journey, in the name of Christ, our rock and our redeemer. Amen.

Intercessions

The Lord’s Prayer 
Our Father, which art in heaven: 
Hallowed be Thy name.  
Thy kingdom come, 
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  
Give us this day our daily bread.  
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.  
For Thine is the kingdom, 
and the power, 
and the glory forever.  Amen.

Hymn 179 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
1 O sing a song of Bethlehem,
Of shepherds watching there,
And of the news that came to them 
From angels in the air:
The light that shone on Bethlehem
Fills all the world today;
Of Jesus' birth and peace on earth
The angels sing alway.

2 O sing a song of Nazareth,
Of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers' breath,
And of the sinless Boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth
In every heart may grow;
Now spreads the fame of his dear name
On all the winds that blow.

3 O sing a song of Galilee,
Of lake and woods and hill,
Of him who walked upon the sea
And bade the waves be still.
For though like waves on Galilee,
Dark seas of trouble roll,
When faith has heard the Master's word,
Falls peace upon the soul.

4 O sing a song of Calvary,
Its glory and dismay,
Of him who hung upon the tree,
And took our sins away.
For he who died on Calvary
Is risen from the grave,
And Christ, our Lord, by heaven adored,
Is mighty now to save.
WORDS: Louis F. Benson, 1889 MUSIC: English melody; arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906 ccli #242496

Sending Forth
We go forth by the grace of God as his people journeying to the cross, the empty tomb and life eternal.

May God, who has forgiven us now make us strong for these days ahead.
May Jesus lead us, and we be found faithful to follow.
May the Spirit drive us into the wilderness, burning away the chaff of our lives, and purifying our hearts for all to see and be blessed.

And may the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Mercy, Master, and Fire,
Be with us and remain with us always!’’

If you would be interested in any of these workshops please contact the church office or Roland Abel

.     _____ Spending Money Wisely:  How to build a budget for the family, to cover for the financial compromises, to save money for the future, set aside money for incidentals and be able to give generously.
·      _____  Is never too late!: How to build a budget , tips and mistakes about spending money wisely, that every young people should know.
·      _____  Children and Stewardship: If we want to nurture children in an understanding of stewardship, we need to find ways to help them experience stewardship and the joy of giving of oneself.
·      _____ Faithful Expressions:  Helps individuals consider the many ways they can ensure the gifts God has given them will continue supporting those they love and the ministries they value long into the future.
·      _____  Budgeting in the Local Church: The budget’s priorities reflect the church mission statement. The Leadership agrees on the plan and it is communicated clearly to all involved.
·      _____  Fundamentals of Fundraising: The right person asking, the right prospect, for the right gift, for the right program, at the right time, in the right way.

 
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